What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions
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NEW TITLE, NEW PUBLICATION DATE
This book was previously titled "Why Do Batteries Die?--Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions", and was to be published in paperback in the spring of 1996. It is now finally being released (honest!) in hard cover in March 1997 under the new "Einstein" title. Anyway, it's the same fun book that explains everything you ever wondered about (almost) in plain language: How things work, why things happen, and why stuff behaves the way it does -- in the kitchen, around the house, in the garage, and in the great outdoors. Ever wonder how soap "knows" what's dirt? Why ice floats? Why Superman can't see through lead (or can he?)? Check it all out, and have a few laughs at the same time. It's an ain't-science-fun book for grownups. (But don't be surprised if your kids swipe it.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Robert L. Wolke is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and a food columnist for The Washington Post. The recipient of numerous awards, he enjoys nationwide renown as an educator, lecturer, and interpreter of science for lay audiences. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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But don't get me wrong, it you keep that in mind, Wolke has managed to write a very entertaining title that will keep you interested until the end. I have to admit I would drop some of the subjects and would pick other questions. I was a bit annoyed at how many pages Wolke uses talking about fat. A déjà vu feeling often happens. Wolke repeats himself a tad too much for my taste, but it is true that with some subjects it would be hard not to repeat the same facts. Still, Wolk should assume the reader isn't all that dumb and got the basics right the first time, why repeat what was already written. Wolke's sense of humour requires some getting used to. I was annoyed in the first few pages, but eventually grew to like it and it makes the book a lot more fun.Read more ›
My reason for marking him down is because of a technical error where he states (and even emphasizes) that energy in ordinary chemical reactions comes from the conversion of matter. The results of ordinary chemical reactions are the same atoms as before the reactions (by definition - otherwise it would be a nuclear reaction), just arranged in different configurations and, usually, in different molecules as well. Each atom has exactly the same mass as before so the sum of the masses of the reactants equals the sum of the mass of the resultants. There is no conversion of matter. The good professor loses credibility for all of his book by this one unnecessary conjecture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was an extremely interesting read and I really appluad the author for addressing the misconception that another read held regarding a concept laid out in the text. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 1999
Teaches how things work in an entertaining and easy-to-understand manner. And the science is correct, too!Published on 24 May 1999